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Old 05-19-2015, 01:44 PM   #1
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My new CZ 453 SST in 22lr

Well, I think I know my new rifle fairly well now. It was a good learning experience for me, who knows little or nothing about firearms.

As I read the posts/threads at RFC about the new 453's obtained from Dunn's, I noticed that most of the people were having moderate problems with the bolt assembly. So I wasn't too surprised when I did too.

The "gizmo" that must flex downward when the trigger is depressed would not move. Period. So I thought I'd go whole hog and take the stock off and see what I could see. First I located all the nuts and bolts of the SST so later on I can attempt to change a few things. Then I saw why the trigger had to be depressed. So, I sprayed some Rem oil on the "gizmo" both from the chamber side and the trigger side, got a pair of leather gloves on, and gently but firmly tried to depress the "gizmo" while depressing the trigger. It move, without a micrometer, 0.0000067587 inches (less than one nano inch) at first. But with some more oil and a little grease once it got started, I was able to eventually get it to move freely.

Now the bolt, since I have the stock off. It went in about half way, til the two slides made contact with the rail they were supposed to slide on. Then that was it. So, more oil and more grease, after first a thorough cleaning. No go. I made sure everything matched up the way it should, then got the mallet and tapped it in. Slam that baby home.

No, I'm the type that never uses enough force. Before I got the rubber mallet, I looked for burrs, etc., but couldn't see nor feel any. I have the razor cut to prove I tried.

After a few wacks, it went in and actually cocked. After working it a few times, then taking the bolt out and back in a few times, I now have a butter smooth bolt. Next was the safety. On my Ebony, it was impossible to move, so I knew what to do. Rem oil and just a little pressure. Work slowly back and forth til it moves freely.

All set to put it back together. Unfortunately I have a small rectangular block of steel on my table that has a through bore in it that I have no idea where it came from. No problem, as I was telling 303, I have a complete library of favorites for CZ's now. I have it labeled on my computer, CZ For Dummies.

I couldn't find that pieces of sh*t, opps, steel, in any diagram. No where, no how. The engineer took over. Okay, it's has to have one of the trigger bolts go through it. That ought to be easy, and it was. It's a spacer in which the stock has a spot for it so it supports the barrel.

Okay, time to put together. Wrong bolt in the wrong hole, as one is slightly longer than the other. Everything looks good, bolt works fine............. I want to wax my stock while it's off. Cripes, take it apart again. While the two coats of wax was drying, the rest of the gun really needed a cleaning. Not only from the factory grease, but the grease and oil that I slopped around. Below are the pics of the finished product. It has my favorite scope, Nikon Rimfire Prostaff in 3 X 9 40 mm. Mounted with Warne's 722M which is what I used on my 452 American also. Mounting was a piece of cake. Gonna try to get out to the range in the next few days and zero it and see what this puppy can do.

PS: Sorry I'm so wordy.



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Old 05-19-2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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Is their manufacturing quality goin down with an increase in production or is this a common cz thing? Thanx for the post sh. Lookin forward to the range report!

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Getting the bolt out of a 453 has always been a headache for the 453 series. Both of our 453s are that way and they were made about three or four years, ago. Would have been much better if CZ had incorporated the same bolt release they use on the 527s, since the triggers are similar. Otherwise, love our 453s and the Vs are no longer offered. Ours are both Varmints, one in 17 HMR and one in 22 LR.

Given that we recently picked up several new 455s, I'd say, if anything, CZ QC is better than ever. One of the reasons CZ went to the 455 was better consistency in the design. They can keep the tolerances a bit closer on the 455s. On the 452s and 453s, it's a bit more hit and miss as far as getting a good shooter. 455s tend to be more of a sure thing in my experience. The barrel switching thing is nice, too.

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Is their manufacturing quality goin down with an increase in production or is this a common cz thing? Thanx for the post sh. Lookin forward to the range report!
I don't think so, but NCG would be the one to ask. These rifles I heard, were made in 2014 and are discontinued, but still made. They just needed a cleaning and a lube. Also, they needed someone like NCG who knows what's she's doing. I go by my book, CZ's for Dummies.
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Nice job CS. You identified & corrected the problem!
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Getting the bolt out of a 453 has always been a headache for the 453 series. Both of our 453s are that way and they were made about three or four years, ago. Would have been much better if CZ had incorporated the same bolt release they use on the 527s, since the triggers are similar. Otherwise, love our 453s and the Vs are no longer offered. Ours are both Varmints, one in 17 HMR and one in 22 LR.

Given that we recently picked up several new 455s, I'd say, if anything, CZ QC is better than ever. One of the reasons CZ went to the 455 was better consistency in the design. They can keep the tolerances a bit closer on the 455s. On the 452s and 453s, it's a bit more hit and miss as far as getting a good shooter. 455s tend to be more of a sure thing in my experience. The barrel switching thing is nice, too.
I was thinking the same thing about the 527's. It couldn't add that much to the cost of the 453's.

Don't get me wrong everyone. I have a smooth operating bolt action rifle now. And it's only going to get better.

Just bought some RWS Match Rifle, and some RWS Special Match that was on sale. The Special Match was $12.99 per 50, which is about as high as I want to go for 22lr. Shipping will add about $0.75 per box. No tax.
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Nice job CS. You identified & corrected the problem!
My rubber mallet did.
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My rubber mallet did.
But it takes a skilled worker to operate that high tech tool.

I can't wait for the range report.
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But it takes a skilled worker to operate that high tech tool.

I can't wait for the range report.
Yours or mine??
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Yours or mine??
Yours. I'm not rich like you.
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CZs do well with RWS ammo. Looking forward to your range report.
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CZs do well with RWS ammo. Looking forward to your range report.
I tested ten rounds of RWS Target Rifle on Monday but it was too windy to really tell anything. It did give me the smallest group at 25 yards.
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